When Mick proposes to pregnant Linda on Christmas Day, she finally tells him that Dean Wicks raped her. But despite Linda’s fears that he could doubt her story, a distraught Mick stands by her.
Kellie said: “I never had a doubt that Mick Carter would react in that way. Mick Carter is the best husband on the planet.”
Dean (Matt Di Angelo) has tried to intimidate Linda by saying that this will tear her marriage apart, but Bright has stronger faith in Linda’s relationship with Mick, who is played by Danny Dyer. However, this does not mean things will be easy after the revelation.
Kellie said: “It would be unfair for everything to be rosy again after. It changes them, I mean it really does change their relationship, and they also have an unborn child thrown into the mix as well.”
During the festive special episode, which will air on BBC One on Christmas Day, Linda also confesses to Mick that she does not know whether he or Dean is the father of her unborn baby.
Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said he wanted to put the power in Linda’s hands and show rape victims that they do not have to keep their ordeal a secret.
He said: “The constant through it all is their love and we also kept hold of that, because we want women out there who’ve been through this, who haven’t spoken out to go, ‘Oh, it’s going to be OK when I tell my husband, it’s going to be OK when I speak out’.”
Dominic added: “Things aren’t always going to be smooth, they are going to get rocky, but ultimately there will be a happy ending.”
The soap producer also revealed that Danny was himself very upset by what happened to Linda, and wanted a chance for his character to lash out at rapist Dean.
Dominic said: “He’s such a puppy, he just doesn’t like it. It just makes him sad, but also he’s Danny Dyer and he wants to smash things.”
EastEnders continues on BBC1, Monday, December 22, 8.00pm